Friday, May 18, 2012

Obama Campaign Hires Staffer to Corral Catholic Voters

Steven Ertelt

The presidential campaign of pro-abortion President Barack Obama has hired a new staffer whose job description will be to corral Catholic and Evangelical voters. The hiring comes at a time when Obama is enduring heavy criticism for not only his pro-abortion record but the HHS mandate his administration put in place requiring pro-life and religious groups that pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.

Michael Wear, currently the executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign as faith vote coordinator, according to a CNN report. The report indicates the Obama campaign hired Wear specifically to mute some of the criticism Obama is facing:

Wear, who was raised a Catholic but now attends a nondenominational, evangelical-style church in Washington, has spearheaded White House outreach to evangelicals and has focused on policy issues like adoption throughout Obama’s first term.

A source close to the campaign said the decision to hire a faith-focused staffer was provoked largely by continuing criticism of the administration from America’s Roman Catholic bishops and conservative Catholic organizations.

“I don’t think the campaign originally had this position in its box,” said a source close to the campaign, who refused to speak on the record because the person was discussing sensitive issues.

“But persistent opposition from Catholic groups sent the message that this was something (the campaign) had to think about longer-term,” the source said. the rest

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